There’s no-one better qualified to decry “this counterfeit world” than Pat Todd as he does on the opening cut of the same name on his new album.
Todd’s been The Real Deal for three decades, first with Los Angeles underground legends The Lazy Cowgirls and more recently with The Rankoutsiders. “Blood & Treasure” is long=player number-four and builds on a substantial body of work.
People sometimes look down their noses at the term “bar band”. Why is a mystery. Isn’t a “bar band” the antithesis of a “stadium band”? Todd has assembled one of the world’s best bar bands in The Rankoutsiders and it would be a travesty to think of them playing Coachella.
The Rankoutsiders are where Americana meets punk rock. A little country, a lot bluesy and a lot cleaner and straight-ahead than the Cowgirls, “Blood & Treasure” nevertheless follows a time-honoured Todd tradition of busting genres and burying preconceptions. If you’re into pigeonholes, cut your losses and call it rock and roll.
The pared-back “Stand Up & Sass Back” tones down the punk bluster but it’s still urgent and fresh. “Don’t Go Selling Emptiness To Me” is a furious rocker laced with Todd’s lyrical smarts. “Just Another Broken Day” is classic country blues that The Supersuckers would be proud to lay claim to with some killer harmonica from Jeremy White the icing on the cake. No wonder Eddie Spaghetti is an unabashed fan.
There are rockers to satisfy old fans with “Sometimes You Eat The Bear, Somedays The Bear Eats You” and “Sugar Coated Love” stand-outs.
With a past Cowgirls engine room driving the machine and two adept guitarists in Nick Alexander and Kevin Keller who know when not to play, this is one capable band. Ex-Sparks guitarist Earle Mankey does the business on production and has delivered a clear and punchy soundscape where the songs have room to breathe. And they are great songs which is where less durable underground bands fall by the wayside.
Honesty is a reviewer’s most over-used word. Unpretentious is a better fit for “Blood & Treasure”. No tricks. no gimmicks. The Real Deal. It’s on vinyl via German label Hound Gawd with a download code.
Pat Todd & The Rankoutsiders: Reviews
Blood & Treasure Reviews
Real rock’n’roll has never been clean and polished, and Los Angeles’ underground rock’n’roll band the LAZY COWGIRLS knew that well. Their vocalist Pat Todd is back with this great looking vinyl record (even the download card looks killer!) on Hound Gawd! Records, 12 songs of pure, dirty rock’n’roll produced by former SPARKS guitarist Earle Mankey.
“Blood & Pressure” is full of American rock’n’roll references, from the 50s and 60s (“This Counterfeit World”, “Tell Me Now”, “Sugar Coated Love”) to blues (“Ole Fortune And Fame”, “Just Another Broken Day”) and country (“West Of Your Last Chance.”) You’ll even get some glammy touches in “Gone Are The Days” and “My Own Way”, a song that could have been on a NEW YORK DOLLS record, and a bit of punk rock in “Don’t Be Sellin’ Emptiness To Me.”
Some records are meant to be released on vinyl, and this is definitely one of them, one of the best rock’n’roll LP of the year so far!
This mix of rock’n’roll from different eras with a vintage spirit reminds me of the amazing NICK CURRAN who left this world way too early, and well, if things worked really well for The JIM JONES REVUE, why couldn’t it happen to PAT TODD & THE RANKOUTSIDERS? They breathe rock’n’roll and really deserve it!/Laurent C.
Pat Todd es un viejo conocido por estos lares. El ex Lazy Cowgirls ya se ha paseado por los escenarios españoles y sus discos no han dejado de fluir por las estanterías de nuestras tiendas de discos preferidas. Ahora la discográfica teutona Hound Gawd nos trae en vinilo, con código de descarga digital incluido, su nuevo trabajo. Doce canciones de profundo rock and roll intercalado con estilos diversos, como el blues, garage, country o soul. En esa maraña de estilos destaca la furia de “This Counterfeit World” y “ Sugar Coated Love” se equilibran con los medios tiempos de “West your Last Chance”. Se hace acompañar el estadounidense por amigos de la talla Nick Alexander (L. A. Guns) o Earle Mankey (The Cramps, The Beach Boys…).